In preparation for a post-quantum world, the VPN (opens in new tab) provider PureVPN (opens in new tab) has introduced a quantum-resistant feature on its OpenVPN (opens in new tab) protocol to provide its users with more security and privacy than ever before.
Specifically, PureVPN has partnered with integrated quantum computing company Quantinuum (opens in new tab) to deploy quantum-resistant encryption keys across its VPN service. By using Quantinuum’s Quantum Origin platform, the VPN provider has been able to create and deploy encryption keys which are generated using a verifiable quantum process which makes them more secure than keys from unverified, classical processes.
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By using Quantinuum’s technology, PureVPN will future-proof its service and users against threats to both their privacy and data that will occur once quantum computers (opens in new tab) see mainstream adoption.
Co-founder and CEO of PureVPN, Uzair Gadit provided further insight in a press release (opens in new tab) on the threat posed to encryption by quantum computers becoming more accessible and commercially available, saying:
“To put it into perspective, mathematical problems that would currently take a traditional supercomputer until the end of time, will be solved by a quantum computer in a matter of hours. That’s how powerful the technology will be. Quantum computers will outperform even the most powerful supercomputer that exists in this day and age, meaning all current encryption protocols will be broken in time.”
Preparing for quantum computing attacks
Current encryption protocols (opens in new tab) including RSA, ECDSA, DSA and others will all likely be targeted by quantum computing attacks since they are currently used to protect everything from sensitive state data to power plants and stock markets.
Despite the fact that the threats posed by quantum computers seem far off, there is a growing urgency to prepare since cybercriminals have begun harvesting encrypted data now with the intention of decrypting it at a later time (opens in new tab) using quantum computing technology.
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While PureVPN’s Quantum-Resistant Encryption keys will be initially rolled out along with split tunneling (opens in new tab) and obfuscation features in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands in its apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, the company is also working on another approach to combat future quantum computing attacks.
PureVPN is developing a transitional plan to adopt quantum-resistant algorithms (opens in new tab) once they receive final approval by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST (opens in new tab)).
Now that PureVPN has taken steps to safeguard its VPN service against quantum computing attacks, expect other VPN providers to follow suit and introduce their own protective measures against this future threat.